District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-03-24

CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports spring fishing on Rainy River has started however limited success has been seen by fishermen. People are reminded new fishing license is needed, along with current boat registration and boat safety equipment in good working condition. Spring beaver trapping activities were monitored and a few animal complaints were handled. People are reminded that burn permits are needed as people feel the need to burn. Enforcement action for week included no current angling license and insufficient number of PFDs.

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent time monitoring the angling activity on the Rainy River with the river opening up more each day. CO Van Asch spoke at a firearms safety class in International Falls. He also assisted in several commercial inspections conducted throughout the local area. Enforcement action was taken for angling and watercraft violations.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) Officer spent most of the week training on the new records management system. Officer worked the Trout Portage water skips with Officer Bozovsky. There was a good size group out on Saturday, and enforcement action was taken on careless operation, no ATV registration, fail to display registration, and destroy beaver dam. There are still anglers going into Trout Lake and they are still having some success.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the fish house removal deadline and the associated litter left on the ice. The good news is that all houses were removed and with better than average compliance on removing litter. The officer issued a Wetland Conservation Act Resource Protection Notification for a wetland fill violation. The officer worked Vermilion Lake snowmobile water skipping, with several registration violations from a trio of types of machines, i.e., snowmobiles, ATVs and OHMs. Underage consumption was also encountered. Closer to home, the officer changed hats for a cowboy hat as he came upon a woman that was bucked off of her horse. The horse had nothing to do with it and was last seen a couple miles from where he decided he wanted to remain free. Other enforcement action was taken on littering and OHM and ATV violations.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) found many anglers out enjoying the nice weather and limits of Crappie were seen being caught. Violations of angling with extra lines were found. Fredin taught the law portion to students at the Palo and Hoyt Lakes FAS classes. Time was spent beginning the process of conducting a background investigation on a potential CO candidate.

Ray - vacant.